Despite incurring a beating in the media for her actions, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota chose to take her state’s COVID response in a different direction than most, remaining as open as possible. The governor worked hard to maintain the freedom of South Dakotans. In her CPAC speech this past weekend, Noem explained that her approach worked. Meanwhile, the same media was lauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York for his draconian lockdown measures. Now he’s coming under increased criticism for his actions that preceded the deaths of 15,000 elderly citizens in New York nursing homes. Gabe Kaminsky reports in The Federalist:
On Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spent a large portion of her 26-minute speech—centered on the COVID-19 lockdown response—discussing the legacy media’s perpetual malfeasance and biases in coverage.
A 76-page report in Jan. authored by New York Attorney General Letitia James showed that more than 15,000 elderly citizens died in nursing homes in New York.
“We don’t have the media on our side,” Noem said. “Conservatives must be smarter than progressives. We must know our history. We must know what works and what doesn’t work. We must think through issues.”
Noem noted South Dakota’s thriving economy with a 3 percent unemployment rate in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That’s the lowest in the nation, tied with Nebraska.
“Again, in South Dakota we did things differently. We applied common-sense and conservative governing principles. We never exceeded our hospital capacity. And our economy is booming,” Noem said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. We are number one in the nation for keeping jobs, keeping businesses open, and keeping money in the pockets of our people. The people of South Dakota kept their hours and wages at a higher rate than workers anywhere else in the nation. And our schools are open!”
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